Thousands raised at first ‘Pink Ribbon Race’ as fundraisers get on spacehoppers for charity race

The 'Amazing Punk Pink Ribbon Rockers' at the event.
The 'Amazing Punk Pink Ribbon Rockers' at the event.

Fundraisers got into the spirit of things when they took part in the first Very Amazing Pink Ribbon Race from Caythorpe to Grantham.

The race, in aid of Breast Cancer Now, started off at the village’s playing fields.

MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham, Stephen Phillips, helped to start things off and was in for a bit of a surprise because he hadn’t been warned that, as part of a selfie challenge, participants needed to try and get a photo with him.

The event started with a spacehopper bounce, described as challenging but fun.

About £5,000 is anticipated to have been raised for Breast Cancer Now - formed from the merger of Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Charity representative Laurence Byrne went along to help local event organiser and fundraiser Sue Stannard from Caythorpe, a cancer survivor herself.

Laurence said: “Sue first put her ideas to us over a year ago, and we had never heard of anything like it, but I think the photographs demonstrate how much fun was had by all, and I understand many have already put in a request for a repeat in 2016.”

Local companies which participated in the Very Amazing Pink Ribbon Race were Sudbrook Moor Golf Club, Syston Park Fruit Farm, Chandlers Mitsubishi, Belton Garden Centre, Maidenhead Aquatics, Wyndham Park and Grantham Tennis Club, and support from businesses including The Red Lion, The Brownlow Arms, The Hare and Hounds, The Bell at Coleby, Moy Park, Equilibrium Gym at Grantham Tennis Club, Grantham Bowl and Grantham Fun Farm.